The Hail Weston Wildlife and Gardening Group offers a varied programme including: presentations on gardening and wildlife related topics and visits to places of gardening, horticultural, wildlife and conservation interest.

Membership is available (£7/year) but non-members are also welcome to attend at any time.

Non-members pay £2 for a session, members £1. Fees may differ for special events/ trips and will be stated within the programme.

Our programme for 2020:

Tues 4th February, 7.30pm, WIMPOLE GARDENS-NATIONAL TRUST, Philip Whaites, Hail Weston Village Hall, includes raffle. All adults welcome, members £1, non-members £2

Tues 3rd March, 7.30pm, ‘CHELSEA EXHIBITS & GARDENS OF GRENADA, Suzanne Gaywood MBE, RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner, Hail Weston Village Hall. Members £1, non-members £2

Tues 7th April, 7.30pm, FUR & FEATHERS, A Talk and hands on opportunity with a variety of animals including owls, meerkat, pygmy hedgehog, sugar glider (think ‘miniature flying mice’ ) and chinchilla, The Animal Experience, Hail Weston Village Hall. Children ages 8 years and up are also welcome to attend. Members £1, non-members £2, includes raffle

Tues 5th May, 7pm, GAYNES LODGE FARM VISIT, Great Staughton. An 1100 acre mixed arable and dairy farm, with a herd of 360 cows. A talk about a family farm and farming today, with an opportunity to see the robotic milking machines. All adults welcome, members £1, non-members £2. Meet at the farm, visit approximately two hours. Please bring suitable footwear.

Fri 12th June, 7pm- 9.15pm, OPEN GARDEN SAFARI. Includes a glass of Pimm’s and a glass of Prosecco. Village meeting point to be confirmed. All adults welcome, members £8, non-members £6.

Sunday 7th June, 3.30pm to 5pm – VILLAGE PLANT SALE and Neighbourhood Café, Hail Weston Village Hall

Tues, 7th July, 7pm – 9.30pm, CHILLI FARM VISIT TO EDIBLE ORNAMENTALS AT CHAWSTON. A guided tour of the nursery to see lots of different chilli varieties growing commercially. Learn about how to grow the best chillies and some interesting chilli facts. We will finish with a tasting sensation of delicious gourmet products!!! All adults welcome, £6 non-members, £5 members. Purchase of tickets in advance by the 15th May.

Friday 14th August, BATS,OWLS & ASTRONOMY CRUISE TRIP ON THE RIVER OUSE, Departing from St Ives Quay. 8pm embark from The Quay St Ives, Return 10pm. All adults welcome, £8 members, £12 non-members. Purchase of tickets in advance by the 15th June.

Tues 1st September, 7.30pm, PATIO GARDENING AND GARDENING IN SMALL SPACES, Rodney Tibbs, Hail Weston Village Hall, includes raffle, All adults welcome, members £1, non-members £2

Tues 6th October, 7pm AGM and 7.30pm, WILD SRI LANKA- A JOURNEY FROM THE HIGHLANDS THROUGH TROPICAL FORESTS AND TURTLE BEACHES, Find out about endemic birds Like the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie and difficult to see mammals (Fishing Cat). Sri Lanka has large elephant gatherings and is one of the best places to see Blue Whale in the World. Jo Thomas from Wild About Travel will show you what this beautiful island has to offer when it comes to all things wild. Hail Weston Village Hall, free glass of wine at the start of the AGM. All adults welcome, members £1, non-members £2

Tues 3rd November, 7.30pm, MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES IN HUNTINGDONSHIRE, Martin Davies, Hail Weston Village Hall, includes raffle. All adults welcome, members £1, non-members £2

Tues 1st December, 7.30pm, AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES- FROGS, TOADS, NEWTS, SNAKES AND LIZARDS, Froglife, Hail Weston Village Hall, All adults welcome, members £1, non-members £2

We always welcome new people. If you wish to become a member, be added to our email list or have any queries, please contact Liz Bacon on lizbacon187@gmail.com

Or call 07940 177 153